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Chris Arreola Interview: “I know I have to shine!”
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr., Dog House Boxing (Nov 26, 2015)

Chris Arreola
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Former heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola 36-4 (31 KO’s) was once a force to be reckoned with. His in your face hard hitting style had the fans on the edge of their seats. The native of California pounded out twenty-seven consecutive victories before tasting defeat by the hand of former champion Vitali Klitschko in 2009. Although it was a losing effort for Arreola, he proved to be one tough hombre absorbing punishment for ten grueling rounds.

After racking up more wins Chris would once again challenge for the belt in 2013, losing out to Bermane Stiverne via decision. After blowing out Set Mitchell in one round Arreola would once again go toe to toe against Stiverne for the title, this time going down twice in the sixth round, losing out TKO.

Since then Arreola has had one victory over Curtis Harper, an eight round decision, and a draw against Fred Kassi, where any felt Arreola was on the losing end.

Now at thirty-four, Arreola is looking to get back on the winning track when he takes on the hard hitting once beaten Travis Kauffman 30-1 (22 KO’s) December 12th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

Kauffman is on a twelve fight win streak, and looking to use Arreola as a stepping stone. “My last two fights I know that I looked like sh*t.” Says Chris. “This fight against Travis I know I have a lot to prove, not only because of my last two fights, but Travis Kauffman is not a lightweight, he is a real mother*cker!”

Kauffman and Arreola know each other very well.

“Travis has been in numerous camps with me,” states Chris, “we have sparred over 200 rounds. But sparring is different from a real fight, and although Travis is a real good fighter, he has never been in the ring with somebody like me.”

Arreola, who was once considered one of the best up and coming heavyweights in the division has had his problems with weight issues, going not looking fully prepared. And his last couple of fights, he appeared only to be a shell of what he was at one time. “My last two fights I know that I looked like sh*t, I couldn’t beat a cab driver!” Exclaims Chris. “But, I am very motivated for this fight, I know I have a lot to prove.”

A lot of fight fans believe Arreola is pretty much done as being a major player in the heavyweight division, and Chris can see why. “Like I said, my last performance I looked like sh*t, and that is embarrassing.” But although Chris accepts the criticism, he believes there is still something left in the tank and he will prove that come fight night. “The same ones who are talking sh*t right now will be the same ones who will be saying, damn, did you just see Chris Arreola?”

Chris does not dwell too much on the past, he knows what he has to do to keep in the mix. “I have to show them that I am still formidable, that I am still a heavyweight to be reckoned with. I have to prove that I am still one of the top heavyweights out there, and I plan on doing that!” We shall see…

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